Jan 10, 2013 2:00am PST
warning was too short. mitch mcconnell is on his way to afghanistan. during his meeting with hamid karzai. he will go over later this week. they want to pull troops out of afghanistan by 2014 s. karzai has not said how many troops he would like to stay. >> a situation has gone from bad to worse. al huge number of flu cases springing up. they are straining emergency rooms all over. boston has declared a you be public health emergency after 18 deaths there. we are live at massachusetts general hospital. good morning, katherine. what can you tell us about the situation being so bad there? >> good morning. public health officials in the city of boston said they have a flu emergency on their hands. this is the worst flu season they have seen since 2009. it is something they are taking very seriously. they did declare the public health emergency on wednesday. so farther saying here in the city of boston alone there have been 700 confirmed cases of the flu. that is up from 70 confirmed cases of the flu from all of the season. there have been 18 deaths statewide. four among boston seniors.